A deal with the devil has never been so enticing.
Dayna Dalton can’t catch a break in Brit Lunden’s latest, The Devil and Dayna Dalton (Chelshire): Her boss won’t give her a chance except when he’s hitting on her for the millionth time; her evil babysitter from childhood has moved in next door, and the man she’s been in love with since high school is married and doesn’t want to be anything more than friends.
Dayna isn’t really living, she’s just surviving, as she sleeps with all the eager men in town and completes her meager writing assignments as a reporter in an unenthusiastic daze, constantly being judged by almost everyone in her life.
But Bulwark is buzzing with mystery ever since wolf sightings have been reported, though everyone knows there are no wolves in that part of Georgia. Strange – like supernatural strange. Incidents keep happening, and Dayna thirsts for a real story to report.
Against everyone’s warnings and her own better judgment, Dayna’s investigative spirit pulls her to the woods of Old Jericho where her life changes forever. Curiosity becomes fear and dream melds with reality as Dayna pieces together the truth. If Dayna can overcome her own terror, she is faced with the temptation of the ultimate choice.
“It made no sense. As much as she was afraid, something in the middle of her chest expanded, making her feel a yearning she didn’t understand. … Her decision was made. She had to move forward.”
Dayna’s headstrong personality and determination to uncover the truth make her a very likable protagonist. From Dayna’s sharp wit toward the crass men of Bulwark that constantly pursue her, to her longing for sheriff Clay Finnes amidst their complicated friendship, she consistently provides funny or raw dialogue that draws the reader right in.
At the same time, her journey to better her career, find love, and be taken seriously by the community is one that is relatable and captivating.
MEETING THE LOCALS OF BULWARK
Lunden’s cast of characters and their provocative interactions keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. Mrs. Sweetpea, Dayna’s elderly next-door neighbor and archenemy, is more than meets the eye. Clay Finnes seems to genuinely enjoy Dayna’s company and show sincere protectiveness and kindness toward her, so the readers find themselves asking the same question Dayna asks: why can’t they be more than friends?
And there is one elusive mystery character that is so mesmerizing you feel as if he whispers into your ear alongside Dayna’s. Lunden’s characters are what bring Bulwark to life.
The questions that surround Dayna seem to grow more and more paramount with each new discovery. What is going on in Bulwark that could possibly explain the wolves, bizarre weather patterns, and numerous accidents?
Who is Dayna’s father? Who calls her name in that mysterious, seductive voice that seems to come from the air? Whatever the reader expected, they are in for a shock with the turn of every page in this spellbinding novella.
The Devil and Dayna Dalton is available for purchase.
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About Brit Lunden:
Brit Lunden is also known as prolific children’s author, Carole P. Roman. She has published over 50 books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author’s Monthly. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. She’s been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has also co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing.